Cumberland Island National Seashore, one of the park system units were hunting is permitted, on Monday will begin accepting on-line registrations for the 2013-2014 Managed Hunts.
The registration system will open at 8 a.m. Monday and continue until quotas have been reached for each hunt. The number of hunts one can register for is not limited.
The registration process is first come first serve through the website, www.pay.gov. The hunt fee is $35 per hunt per hunter, except for the adult/child hunt where the fee is $35 per adult/child pair. Payment is required at the time of registration.
The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Hunters can register as individuals or as a group. A group consists of 5 members plus the group lead. Standby hunters are no longer being accepted. An e-mail will confirm your registration.
To register, go to www.pay.gov and type "Cumberland" in the search box located on the left hand side of the screen under the section entitled "Find Public Forms." From the search results, select "Cumberland Island Managed Hunt" and follow the screen instructions to complete registration. Cumberland Island National Seashore assimilates Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunting regulations.
Transportation to Cumberland Island is by passenger ferry or private boat. The passenger ferry departs from the National Park Service dock in St. Marys, Georgia at 10 a.m. on the hunt check-in day, typically Sunday. The return ferry departs from the Plum Orchard dock at 10:30 a.m. on close-out day, typically Thursday. The round trip fare is $30.
Reservations for the ferry must be made when you receive your hunt confirmation. The reservation number is 877-860-6787 or 912-882-4335. Small boat charters are no longer available. No other charter or water taxi operators are authorized to operate to the Seashore.
Check-in for each hunt is mandatory and will be held at the Plum Orchard Hunt Camp and begins on the first day of each hunt, typically Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All hunters are required to present their hunting license, picture identification and hunt confirmation during this check in.
Camping during the six designated hunting periods and in the designated hunting camping areas is for registered hunters only and non-hunters are prohibited from camping during these time periods.
Hunters may set up camp no earlier than 8 a.m. the day of hunt check-in. All hunters must depart by 12 p.m. the day of check-out. Camping during the hunt is restricted to registered hunters and all participants are required to camp at Plum Orchard Hunt Camp or Brickhill Campground.
Plum Orchard Hunt Camp allows open fires in fire rings and also has bathrooms and showers. Brickhill Campground is located in designated Wilderness and has no amenities. There are no bathrooms, open fires are prohibited; propane stoves required. All trash, including toilet paper must be removed by the person-no trash receptacles available.
Private boaters must check-in at Plum Orchard Hunt Camp. Private boats must be beached or stream anchored. Private boats may use Plum Orchard dock to load/unload gear but are not allowed to dock overnight.
Hunting at Cumberland Island National Seashore is authorized by federal law and occurs in designated Wilderness areas only. A Georgia Big Game License is required for hunting deer and hog in addition to a regular Georgia Hunting License or a Primitive Weapons License (if using primitive weapons).
Cumberland Island National Seashore follows Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunting regulations. Hunting on Cumberland Island is managed to benefit the island’s wildlife resources and to provide a quality experience for park visitors. In order to continue effective management of the resources you may be invited to complete a brief 10 minute questionnaire about your hunting experience. Completing the questionnaire is voluntary and confidential. Your participation is respected and greatly appreciated.
Go to www.nps.gov/cuis for further hunt information or www.gohuntgeorgia.com for license or weapon information. Additional information may be obtained by writing to: Hunts, Cumberland Island National Seashore, 101 Wheeler St, St Marys, GA 31558, phone 912-882-4336-253 or FAX 912-882-6284.
2013 – 2014 HUNTS DATES
* Archery Hunt, October 7, 8, 9, 125 hunters, Hog and Deer, hunters age 14 and over
* Primitive Weapon, November 4, 5, 6, 100 hunters, Hog and Deer, hunters age 14 and over
* Primitive Weapon, December 2, 3, 4, 100 hunters, Hog and Deer, hunters age 14 and over
* Adult/Child, December 15, 16, 17, 50 hunters, Hog and Deer, hunters age 12 - 16
* Modern Weapons, January 6, 7, 8, 100 hunters, Hog only, hunters age 14 and over
* Modern Weapons, January 20, 21, 22, 100 hunters, Hog only, hunters age 14 and over
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and be under direct adult supervision to hunt any game.